It’s a packed agenda in terms of content. The agenda with attachments is 58 MB to download if you are interested in any of the particular items and the supporting documentation.
Well, there has been a cessation of boundary discussions between the Town of Parry Sound and Sequin Township at the direction of the Seguin Council (4.2). That still leaves Israel-Palestine, China-India, India-Pakistan, Turkey-Syria, and many other border disputes/discussions unresolved.
Winter Control Level of Service Policy (9.1.1) has been provided. This policy summarizes the priorities of the various roads in Town with respect to snow management. It’s a little bit misleading in that a Class 6 street might well be cleared before a Class 3 road (the lower the class the higher the priority – get it). It all depends on the equipment required. The higher class, lower priority, streets are often short cul de sacs that require a relatively small truck and blade and are quickly cleared while the lower class streets, think Bowes Street, require the largest machines and multiple passes.
The The 2019-2020 Annual Report (9.3.1) is out and probably will soon be found in your mailbox. Download the full agenda for an early read. Lots of images and self-congratulatory text. (Note to the report designer – the images are unattractively over saturated. Less is More.)
The Water & Wastewater Rate Study (4.1.1) has been issued in draft form for public review and comment. It looks like you have some more holiday reading.
The West Parry Sound Recreation & Culture Centre (9.5.1) is on the agenda with a request for approval to enter into further negotiations. This approval has the condition that no agreement is finalized before certain conditions are met. These conditions seem to include the agreement of the other area municipalities and upper tier government funding approval.
Those are my key takeaways from the agenda. I wish everyone a safe holiday season and may you be on Santa’s nice list for a COVID-19 vaccination. (With the exception of medical and related personnel I suspect we are lower on the list, which is actually a good thing for a number of reasons.)
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board (developer request to purchase land from the Town; MTO offer to sell land to the Town)
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (claim against Town funds)
k) a position, plan, procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the municipality or local board, (claim against Town funds)
4.1 – Rick Kerr.
Request for amendment to Cemetery Regulations.
4.2 – Ann MacDiarmid, Mayor, Seguin Township.
Withdrawal from Boundary Adjustment Discussions.
4.3 – Aleesha Clark, Committee Chair, Absolutely Georgian Bay.
Introduction of Absolutely Georgian Bay Tourism Cooperative Inc.
5.1 – Tom Parks, OHE Consultants.
Request for exemption from Noise Regulations for Jail Demolition [For Council’s determination by resolution].
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Winter Control Level of Service Policy.
That Council endorse and adopt the attached Winter Control Level of Service Policy for roads and sidewalks.
9.2.1 – Extension of Temporary Patio Permissions for Restaurants During COVID-19.
Whereas on June 8, 2020 the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) permitted new patios or temporary additions to patios to provide more opportunities to local businesses while protecting health and safety, subject to municipal requirements, and provided an extension to these timelines on December 9, 2021; and
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound passed Resolution 2020-067 to permit temporary restaurant and bar patios and opted not to enforce the Zoning By-law or Site Plan Agreements as it related to parking infractions as a result of these patios until January 1, 2021; and
Whereas Covid-19 will be an issue affecting restaurants for the foreseeable future and the Town wishes to extend the timelines of this Resolution to be in tandem with the AGCO’s extension.
Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports an extension until January 1, 2022 to the terms noted in Resolution 2020-067.
9.2.2 – Consent Application B/45A&B/2020 – Macazer Holding.
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby supports Parry Sound Area Planning Board Application Number B45A&B/2020 – Macazer Holding.
9.3.1 – The 2019-2020 Annual Report.
That Council receive the 2019-2020 Annual Report as attached, and direct staff to make copies of it available to the public and circulated to MP Scott Aitchison, MPP Norm Miller, the Downtown Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce and other agencies and organizations as appropriate.
9.4.1 – Water & Wastewater Rate Study.
WHEREAS Council approved a change from the current water and wastewater rate structure to a rate structure with a monthly fixed charge, based on meter size, and a consumptive rate (per gallon/per cubic metre) that is uniform for all customers; and
WHEREAS pricing structure changes were deferred to investigate additional options;
NOW THEREFORE Council hereby approves the posting of the Town of Parry Sound Water and Wastewater Rate Study for public circulation and comment; and
THAT the Water Financial Plan be prepared in the format required under O.Reg. 453/07 and submitted to the Province to maintain the Town’s Municipal Drinking Water Licence; and further
THAT the recommended rates be brought forward for consideration.
9.5.1 – West Parry Sound Recreation & Culture Centre.
Be it Resolved that subject to all area municipalities agreeing to participate as outlined in the attached report presented by the Wellness Centre & Pool Committee at the December 15, 2020 Meeting of Council, and subject to ICIP funding approval, The Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound approves the following recommendations:
1. That the YMCA property, as recommended by CS&P Architects be approved as the site;
2. That CS&P Architects Option A be approved for the purposes of designing and constructing the facility;
3. That the cost sharing formula be approved for the allocation of operating and capital costs;
4. That a Joint Municipal Service Board be used by the municipalities, for the purpose of acting as an agent on behalf of the Municipalities, in the constructing, maintaining, fundraising and operating of the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre;
5. That the Joint Municipal Service Board Agreement be approved, and the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute the agreement, substantially in the form attached;
6. That pending approval of the ICIP grant application the Steering Committee be directed to take the necessary steps to create the Joint Municipal Service Board;
7. That the Steering Committee be directed to enter into negotiations with the YMCA for the purposes of operating the facility; and
8. That the Steering Committee be directed to enter into negotiations with the YMCA to secure the approved site.
10.1.1 – Curbside Collection Contract Extension.
By-law 2020 – 7094
Being a bylaw to authorize the extension of an agreement with Waste Connections of Canada Inc. for curbside waste and recycling collection for two years, ending December 31, 2022.
10.4.1 – 2021 Interim Tax Levy.
By-law 2020 – 7093
Being a By-Law to provide for an interim tax levy, for the payment of taxes, and for penalty and interest at 1 1/4 percent per month for the 2021 taxation year.